Trouble hits the “Like” button

Dear Annie: My 20-year-old nephew has been a troubled youth, despite all the attempts of his family to help him, including counseling and rehab. When he was 18, he became involved with a messed-up 14-year-old girl who used drugs, alcohol and sex to get her way. A year ago, my nephew’s family moved out of […]

February 18, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Fast-food diners agree to downsize meals

Most patrons of fast-food shops are regularly asked if they’d like to “value size” or increase the portions of their meal for a few cents more. Experts say supersized meals and a “clean plate” culture largely contribute to a national obesity rate among adults greater than 33 percent. But for a few weeks at a […]

February 19, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Does a 2-year-old notice this sort of thing?

Dear Annie: I have two daughters, ages 5 and 2. My in-laws favor the older girl. They buy her more presents, give her more money and pay way more attention to her than to her sister. They almost seem obsessed with her. As soon as she walks in the door, they grab her and make […]

February 17, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Don’t ask more of teachers

Recent items in The Davis Enterprise made a surprising call for pay cuts and a shortened academic year. Measure C results aren’t in, the state budget hasn’t been passed, and community input has not been sought — and, yet, district officials and individuals are already arguing that we have to look to the classroom for […]

February 19, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Late GOP primary hurts California

Consider for a moment what this winter season of Republican presidential candidates lambasting each other while they traversed the countryside of early primary states might have been had California been involved. Instead of watching the likes of Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, Rick Santorum and the rest (plus the Super-PACs that buy many of […]

February 19, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

School music provides a wealth of benefits

By Hiram Jackson and Greg Brucker About 30 years ago, Davis schools faced the biggest deficits on record up to that time. Significant cuts were made to the music program, and the school elementary music program was eliminated for three years. This occurred in the years just before Davis passed its first school parcel tax […]

February 19, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Vote-by-mail elections: Here’s how they work

School districts are permitted under California law to conduct certain elections as all-mailed-ballot elections. The Davis Joint Unified School District’s Measure A in 2011 was such an election, as is Davis’ Measure C this spring. What are the rules for these elections and how are they conducted? The rules are set out in the California […]

February 19, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

What do you think? How are you voting on Measure C?

Lynn Christensen, PDQ owner, Davis: “I’m torn with this one. I’m for kids — I’ve got grandkids in school. But I think the schools can be more frugal as well. I’m for balance.” Brian Sipp, First Source Solar owner, Davis: “I decided to abstain from voting on this one. I don’t have children in the […]

February 19, 2012 | Posted in Forum | Tagged ,

Equalizing Prop. 13 benefits

There are always two sides to every political argument: the stupid, uninformed, moronic side, and my side. However, in the case of Proposition 13, both sides have perfectly valid reasonable arguments. In favor: Seniors on a fixed income should not be forced out of their homes because property values around them have risen. They should be […]

February 17, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Looking good but breaking the law

Back home in New Zealand, a bicycle is called a pushbike. No matter what the term or name is of what you ride, the laws remain the same. Having lived in Davis for more than a decade, I am well aware of the love affair for cycling here. Gosh! The Bicycle/Pushbike Museum (the U.S. Bicycling […]

February 19, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

A caring friend to the rescue

A Board of Supervisors member fulfills many duties, but who would expect hand-holding to be one of them? Recently, I was involved in a fender-bender in front of the Hattie Weber Museum (which was my fault). Supervisor Don Saylor happened to be at the scene, and came quickly to provide “emotional support” to me and […]

February 17, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Columnist took a cheap shot

Enterprise columnist Rich Rifkin styles himself as a Lexicon Artist. A more accurate label for his recent column would be Cheap Shot Artist. Rifkin’s need to cite the opinions of anonymous “people with the city and former residents of DACHA” is a cheap shot. It’s a device used by someone who can’t back up his […]

February 17, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,